Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11960 posts, RR: 41 Posted (9 years 6 days ago) and read 3493 times:
Yes, it is of course my computer. *sigh*
At first everything seems normal. The internet is working fine, browsing through folders and files works fine...
But as soon as I start using various programs, things slow down to the ridiciolous.
* When making changes in the video editing program Pinnacle Studio which used to be done in a sec, it now takes up to a minute before the change is made. Other times, the program freezes and has to be closed by force.
* I am currently burning out two audio files onto a CD (yeah I know, just 2 songs), with a total size of 40MB, something which used to be done in under a minute.
It has now been nearly 15 minutes, and it just passed half way...
What the hell is going on? I can't remember anything happening to the computer which would cause this.
The problem occured around the time that I agreed to download some windows updates. This took forever too, so possibly the problem occured even before that. I never got more than "2% complete" on downloading the updates, even though it was running all day. I finally decided to abort the update, hoping things would speed up again.
Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this problem?
If it takes nearly 30 minutes to burn out 40MB, I dread the day when I have to burn out a DVD.
"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21615 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3475 times:
Quoting Thom@s (Reply 2): Will have to invest in a Anti virus program then..
As far as I remember, there are also several free packages you could use. Some of them contain spyware themselves, so I leave more concrete recommendations to others who have more experience with Windows pest control.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9638 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3457 times:
Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter): The problem occured around the time that I agreed to download some windows updates.
After certain Windows updates, it seems you can get a problem with helpsvc.exe running riot. If you don't use Windows Help then you can stop that process. Check Task Manager to see how much CPU time it's taking up.
Having said that, I have to say I've had similar problems with Pinnacle Studio, though not so much with Version 10 Plus. I ended up having to shorten the clip that the burn was "sticking" on. I don't think I ever tried dividing a problem clip into shorter clips, without losing anything - I just thought of that now.
Tmatt95 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3442 times:
It is always good to read the reviews on anti virus programs. There are a number of free programs out there on the market. I personally use:
(I also find CCleaner: http://www.ccleaner.com/ is good at cleaning the computer)
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3267 times:
Quoting Thom@s (Reply 16): Well it said "Now defragging your harddrive", and it did it to both harddrives. So I would guess it has done it, but it wouldn't hurt to try again.
Quoting Thom@s (Reply 16):
I fear this is the beginning of something bad...
Seriously, run a boot-time check disk. Defrag won't touch any files currently in use by Windows, which is a significant amount. Defrag also doesn't do any kind of disk integrity checking or error correction, and no surface scan either. So again I say, run a boot-time check disk. Here's how...
Open My Computer. Right click on each drive/partition in turn and select Properties. On the 'Tools' tab, the first option if 'Error-checking'. Hit the 'Check Now' button and put a checkmark in both boxes on the pop-up window. Hit OK, and you'll get a message that you need to schedule a scan on the next reboot. Say Yes, and then reboot your computer. The reboot will take it in to a check disk mode, and depending on the disk size, number of files, any errors found and fixed etc., it might take a while
Bezoar From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 807 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3210 times:
I had the same kinds of problems with Pinnacle Studio. Perhaps they have some new updates to download now, but I tried their updates as of 3 months ago and serious problems remained: crashing, freezing, going so slow I didn't know if it was frozen or just super slow. I think it could easily be your problem.
Apparently, they release a new version that's been extremely buggy, and they are having trouble fixing things. If you go to the forums on the their website, you'll see lots of discussion about these kinds of things. Someone may offer some insight into what you can do. There may also be video card incompatibilities, etc.
Personally I would not recommend Pinnacle Studio to anyone.
"There are none so blind as those who will not see."
Palladium From Indonesia, joined Apr 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3180 times:
Here some quick tips:
1. Get Norton Anti Virus and run a full system check.
2. What's your VGA Card? Memory?
you need to have a decent memory and VGA Card
3. Download an Anti spyware program and run it. Delete every spyware.
Most computers now should have 1 Gig Memory. Pentium 4 3.0 or above